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He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 14.54%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shmaltz Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Rye IPA aged in a Rittenhouse 100 Rye Barrel.
The 2013 batch was aged in Willett Rye Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: John_M on 12-20-2007)
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Photo of rawfish
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Viscous, smooth pour results in a billowing parchment paper colored head rising above a dark mahogany body. Head size is maxed out at a finger but this has very good retention and leaves a solid sheet of tight lacing on the glass.

Barrel character makes this beer more rounded and provides more layered aromas than the regular version. Thick toffee malt, molasses, whisky, oak and rye malt meld together balanced by equally punchy sweet orange citrus and pine resin. Alcohol is soothed down by the barrel aging and is well integrated with the sweet, deep malt and piney, juicy hops.

Thick, layered malt, well into barelywine standards, complexities of molasses, toffee and a good rye edge. The fruity esters carried by the rye and yeast complement the hops, orange citrus, bright pine. Oak and a light whisky soothe the hops down adding a layer of vanilla and wood.

The bright hops and wood work equally to balance out the density of the body. Carbonation is low-medium but also creamier in texture. Malt is also less sticky than the body lets on and the hops create pleasant mouthcoating and the alcohol is complementary instead of abrasive.

Whiskey barrel aging has make a good beer even better. This is one instance in which aging a DIPA works, a layered barleywine type malt with oak, vanilla and deep toffee and rye with brightening hops. The barrel cuts down the less desireable flavors of fruity, grapey esters from the yeast and rye

rawfish, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BrewClint, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

devilfluff, Apr 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Jslay013, Mar 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

erialbill, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love's me some Lenny's! Regular Lenny's has been one of my go to beers for a while now. I resisted trying (buying) this one numerous times, but I have a goblet full presently.

It's a reddish/copper good looker with excellent clarity and it hangs onto some film on top and a thick tan ring of suds around the edge long into the sample.

At first pour it struck me as a mess. A hot mess to be specific. But an hour or more later, from the 2nd goblet full, it smells much better. It's still boozy, but it doesn't dominate and the sinus clearing effect noticed earlier has dissipated almost completely. The barrel, the rye from the barrel and the rye are all part of the program, though the alcoholic and woody tones from the whiskey barrel are more prominent than the grain. I am starting to get something citrusy. Could that be hops poking through? Forgot about them. I do believe there are some hops in there, but there is a lot of oak and whiskey barrel and boozy heat to wade through to find them. I am sure there is a good bit of crystal in it, but it is virtually undetectable to me. … and now the malty sweetness finds its way to my nostrils.

The taste, long into the sample, has evolved from rough and disorganized into something lovely and sublime. The crystal malt lays down the foundation, and the other influences build upon it. There is moderately aggressive hoppy bitterness and a hoppy character to the flavor, but nothing too specific because the oak and rye whiskey flavors are much more bold. … I like it. It's bold. Some might find it harsh. I dig it. There is some synergy and balance in places, but not always. And that's okay.

Plenty of carbonation with a rich and full body. It is viscous, yet still has some lingering hoppy bitterness and gentle drying sensation in the finish.

Wow. I don't recall a beer making this much recovery from the initial opening to the finish. It sat at room temp for an hour or more after coming out of the fridge. Still, when I opened it I was struck by my lack of adoration for it. It was rough and harsh and the different influences didn't work well together. I sipped slowly, aware of the sensations, but doing other things. Gradually it melded together into one special brew, instead of a bunch of strong competing parts battling each other. ...

There is nothing nuanced or subtle about this beer. It is brash and aggressive, and probably offensive to some. …. Probably 1.5 hours into this now and the bomber is maybe half gone. It has gone through quite a transformation. It was harsh at first, but it has mellowed some and buried elements such as the caramel and hops have emerged. … and if anyone is still reading now, you should probably try this one.

sprucetip, Mar 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Notninja, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

socon67, Mar 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

dcisco44, Mar 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

army01, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Welp, subtlety just got thrown out of the window! The piercing bitterness of RIPA links up with exacerbated rye grain, whisky and oak for a complete assault on the taste buds. They simply have no chance with this massive brew.

As the beer pours, it stands tall with a masculine darkness that finds the line where garnet meets mahogany. As it sheds a whisping and creamy cap of foam, the bubbles eventually succumb to the beer's strength as its foam folds back into the beer- rendering its appearance to take the shape of dark whisky.

Its incredible aromatics are citrusy, piny, oaken and spicy with a husky grain scent- all that's wrapped in a cocoon of hearty malt- toasted maple, toffee, buckwheat and molasses all greet the nose as wood spices round out an earthy tinge right before the taste.

Its powerful aromas translate to an equally intimidating taste. As its decadent sweetness wraps around the tongue, it seep in deeply with toasted nutty, toffee, bready and gooey burnt caramel. Its robust candied taste seems to drip from grapefruit, orange and lemon peels as a citrusy tone meets the middle. All the while, the spicy rye grain links up with the hops seamlessly- elevating the status of both. As the ale develops its pithy and resinous bitterness, elements of oak and pine protrude and offers some semblance of balance in the beers long and bittersweet finish.

Its full body acts like barleywine as its sultry sweetness is dense but never cloying. As the sweetness slowly dissolves on the tongue it allows for the spicy pang of wood tannin and rye to snip at the mouth, paving the way for hops to offer its resinous dryness to close.

RIPA on Rye is a complex beer that is so based on its own straight forward bigness. Its a powerful ale that is meant for a slow and patient session, opening up elements of fruit marmalade and tobacco in its waning sips.

BEERchitect, Mar 17, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

jbertsch, Mar 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

jmbot4371, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

CCutch, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

hilgart1, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

ThatsThatDude, Mar 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Fern13, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of fox227
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a Stone Old Guardian glass, sipped over the course of ninety minutes or so, R.I.P.A. on Rye looks dark ruby in hue, with a thin off white head, looking like a barley wine. The head doesn't stick around, nor does any lace. On the nose is found mostly whiskey, burnt sugar, spicy rye, and caramel. The taste follows the nose, however, after some time of warming the hops finally force their way through this vicious brew, revealing lupulins mostly of the citrus: grapefruit variety. Mouthfeel is a combination of full bodied, somewhat sweet malt and a fairly aggressive hop attack on the end of the palate.

This is my first IPA or DIPA that had undergone barrel aging, and I find it to be quite impressive. All of the flavors are well integrated into the whole - the barrel aspect isn't dominating and all the described above features play a nicely balanced role. Recommended.

fox227, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

leroybrown10, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

ZEB89, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jwat, Mar 04, 2014
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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Except for the gusher I wasn't expecting causing me to lose beer not cool this was killer. Reminded me of my first RIPA years ago, which had to be older since it was a rye malt bomb, which I loved since ipas with some age do not bother me at all, and are usually preferrable for my tastes.

Beautiful caramel color, big aromas of rye malt and rye whiskey. Taste follows, huge rye malt and whiskey bomb, the hops poke thru in the second pour, adding a nice bitterness. Butterscotch and very thick, sticky. Not the most drinkable but this is just a huge beer in every respect. Very strong and flavorful, and absolutely outstanding.

RacerX5k, Mar 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lornee56, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

RanchHand, Mar 01, 2014
He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A. On Rye from Shmaltz Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.